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Archbishop Henry J. Mansell joined educational leaders from across the Archdiocese of Hartford on Sept. 25 to honor extraordinary volunteers whose exceptional contributions help Catholic elementary schools thrive. More than 600 people were on hand for the 34th annual HOPES (Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. At the dinner, 121 people from 48 elementary schools received the St. John Neumann Award for Volunteer Service. One person was honored with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Archdiocesan Advancement Award. The recipients of the 2011-2012 awards for Distinguished Catholic School Administrator and Distinguished Elementary School Pastor also were announced. They are Patricia Devanney, principal of St. Anthony School in Winsted, and Father Mark Jette, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in West Haven.
From left, Archbishop Henry Mansell;. Donald P. Deloge, recipient of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award; Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford; and Father Dan McLaren.Susan Duarte, office manager for St. Lawrence Parish in West Haven; and Father Mark R. Jette, Spastor. He is the 2011-2012 Distinguished Elementary School Pastor.Father James Fanelli, former superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and Anne T. Clubb, director of advancement for the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools.Members of the Archdiocesan School Board include, from left, Rita Barry, Robert Cyr, Brenda P. DeLGado and Judy Palmer.Anne Clubb, director of school advancement for the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Catholic Schools, speaks at the 34th annual Hopes Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.Student members of St. Paul Catholic High School's award-winning performing arts group take the stage to entertain.With hearts, hands and songs, students from the Liturgical Choir at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford expressed gratitude to volunteers for all they do to help the parochial schools.

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